The Blackhawks signed another Swedish forward to a one-year contract Monday with center Lucas Wallmark. The deal is worth $950,000.
The 25-year-old Wallmark was an unrestricted free agent. He scored 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in 60 games with the Hurricanes before he was traded to the Panthers along with Erik Haula, Eetu Luostarinen and Chase Priskie for Vincent Trocheck on Feb. 24. Wallmark (6 foot, 176 pounds) scored a goal and two points in seven games and had no points in two postseason games with Florida.
“Wallmark gives us a real good centerman, is smart, reliable, can make plays,” Florida coach Joel Quenneville said, according to Florida Hockey Now. It helps up have more options in the middle. The depth will help this organization.”
Selected in the fourth round (No. 97 overall) of the 2014 NHL draft by Hurricanes, Wallmark has scored 56 points (23 goals, 33 assists) and won 50.9 percent of his faceoffs while averaging 13:27 of ice time in 167 career games.
Earlier in the day Monday, the Blackhawks signed 27-year-old Mattias Janmark to a one-year, $2.25 million deal. The addition of Janmark and Wallmark leave Chicago with $5.21 million in salary cap space, according to CapFriendly.com.
A common theme with today's Blackhawks signings, Matthias Janmark and Lucas Wallmark:— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) October 12, 2020
They're both very good at limiting opponents' shot attempts in the slot.
This from @IneffectiveMath's heat maps, with Wallmark on the left and Janmark on the right: pic.twitter.com/m5XtnvD5FT